[LMB] Utopias OT:
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> On Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 at 00:27, Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com wrote:
> > It's worth noting that the Culture novels tend not to take place inside the
> > Culture, because utopias are boring.
On Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at 8:00 PM, Peter Hews via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> How many utopian stories have you read? I can't think of any that are boring. Well, maybe "Walden Two," but that's because Skinner is not much of a novelist.
> Perfection is not a story, in any context, but that's why novelists throw in some imperfection, if only in the form of an outsider, to make the story go. And good novelists know that perfection is not only uninteresting but implausible, so, like leGuin, they explore the ways their utopia falls short of perfection.
> Peter Hews
As for me, I struggle with the word 'perfection', in this context (and others). What does that mean??
A good Utopia for me contains Summer, good people, animals, nature, and meaningful challenges.
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